Michael Carpenter

Managing Director

Dr. Michael Carpenter is Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement and a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council.  He also serves on the Jamestown Foundation board of directors. 

Dr. Carpenter previously served in the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense with responsibility for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, the Balkans, and Conventional Arms Control.  He also served in the White House as a foreign policy advisor to Vice President Joe Biden as well as on the National Security Council as Director for Russia.  Previously, Dr. Carpenter was a career Foreign Service Officer with the State Department. 

He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.  Dr. Carpenter has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, ABC News, Bloomberg, Voice of America, and other outlets, and has been cited or published in Foreign AffairsForeign Policy,  New York TimesWashington PostNewsweekMcClatchyAtlanticPoliticoThe Hill, and Defense One.  

Foreign Affairs - The Oligarchs Who Lost Ukraine and Won Washington

Foreign Policy - Americans and Russians Should Be Friends—Even if Their Countries Aren’t

Just Security - Countering Russia’s Malign Influence Operations

Newsweek - The Real Threat Facing Europe Isn't Russian Troops. It's Oligarchs

The Washington Post - Enough Ukraine Fatigue. The New President Will Need Our Help.

The American Interest - How to Make Sanctions on Russia Work

Politico - Foreign Dark Money Is Threatening American Democracy

Foreign Policy – It's Time for Macedonia to Accept Compromise

The Hill – America Needs to Face Ongoing Russian Assault on Democracy

The Atlantic – Russia Is Co-opting Angry Young Men

War on the Rocks – Does the West Have a Vision for the Western Balkans? 

USA Today – After Syria, a good time for Donald Trump to cancel Vladimir Putin's White House invitation

UN Dispatch – Bosnia is in Vladimir Putin’s Crosshairs. Chaos and Conflict to Return to the Balkans?

Politico – The Other Russia Scandal This Week

Foreign Policy – Ukraine Needs U.S. Help to Fight Corruption

Atlantic Council – Why No Major Western Defense Company Will Invest in Ukraine

Foreign Affairs - How To Stand Up To The Kremlin

The Hill - The United States Cannot Allow Russia to Take the Lead in Syria

The Hill - In Russia Meddling, Tech Giants Don't Know What They're Up Against

The Hill - The 2018 Midterms Are Coming, and Russia Is Ready

Kyiv Post - Carpenter: West Must Get Tougher on Russia--and on Ukraine's Corruption

Defense One - How the US Can Help Ukraine Help--and Defend--Itself

The Hill - How Polish Populism Explains the Surge of Trump and Nationalism 

Defense One - Trump's Ceasefire May Hand Russia the Keys to Southwestern Syria

Foreign Policy - Putin Played Trump Like a Fiddle at G20

Vocal Europe - Monday Talk with Michael Carpenter on NATO and the US Under Trump

Foreign Policy - Trump's 100 Days of Cacophony 

Foreign Policy - An Optimist's Guide to Tillerson's Moscow Visit

Defense One - The US Should Steer Clear of Russian ‘Help’ in Syria

VOA News - Former Pentagon Official Urges US Support for Ukraine

Foreign Policy - Six Policies Trump Should Pursue to Block Putin in Ukraine

The Hill - The United States Must Ratify Montenegro's NATO Membership

Defense One Radio March 1, 2019

CNN Politics December 19, 2018

"Andrea Mitchell Reports" December 17, 2018

MSNBC Live with Ali Velshi & Stephanie Ruhle November 29, 2018

Sky News November 28,2018

BBC World News, October 9, 2018

Bloomberg TV, July 16, 2018

MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show, May 11, 2018

MSNBC On Assignment with Richard Engel, April 27, 2018

CNN Situation Room, April 18, 2018

BBC World News, April 9, 2018

CNN International, April 6, 2018

MSNBC Live with Katy Tur, March 30, 2018

BBC World News, March 26, 2018

MSNBC Live with Katy Tur, March 26, 2018

Andrea Mitchell Reports,” MSNBC, November 13, 2017

Andrea Mitchell Reports,” MSNBC, November 2, 2017

Bloomberg TV, August 7, 2017

Andrea Mitchell Reports,” MSNBC, August 3, 2017

MSNBC Live with Katy Tur, August 1, 2017

MSNBC Live with Richard Liu, July 29, 2017

The Beat with Ari Melber, MSNBC, July 27, 2017

MSNBC Live with Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle, July 24, 2017

Weekends with Alex Witt, MSNBC, July 22, 2017

Newsy, July 19, 2017

Anderson Cooper 360, CNN, July 17, 2017

The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, July 14, 2017 

The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, July 14, 2017 

The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, July 13, 2017

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